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Hanna nominee for NCAA Woman of Year

Former Clackamas High star continues to rake in honors

Three-time All-American volleyball player and Clackamas High graduate Beth Hanna has been named the Northwest Conference's nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association annually sponsors the Woman of the Year Award, encouraging each member school to nominate one individual.

Hanna was selected from among a list of her peers representing the nine NWC schools. Her nomination has been submitted to the NCAA for consideration at divisional and national levels.

The 2011 national winner will be announced on Oct. 16 at a NCAA awards banquet in Indianapolis.

A 5-11 outside hitter for Pacific Lutheran University, Hanna was honored in May of this year as recipient of the prestigious 'Lute Career Achievement Award.'

Hanna capped an outstanding four-year college career this past season by earning All-Northwest Conference first team honors for the fourth consecutive season. She was named the NWC Player of the Year in both 2007 and 2008.

In addition, Hanna earned regional and national recognition each of her first three seasons. In 2007, in her first collegiate year, Hanna was named an AVCA First Team All-American and AVCA Freshman of the Year, becoming the first PLU player to receive such honors.

In 2008 and 2009, Hanna was a third-team AVCA All-America, making her the most decorated PLU volleyball player to set foot on the court. She received AVCA All-West Region first team honors each of her first three seasons.

In addition to her outstanding athletic achievements, Hanna had equally impressive success in community service and academics. She was the student leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was an avid member of For the King Campus Ministry, and she also volunteered in projects involving the homeless. She graduated with a 3.63 GPA in education, while balancing her volleyball and extracurricular activities.

'The most important thing about Beth is her leadership and the standard she has set for future PLU volleyball players,' Lutes head coach Kevin Aoki said. 'Above all else is her humility and the fact that she was just a great teammate and person to have in our program.'

Hanna is a 2007 graduate of Clackamas High School, where she played varsity volleyball four years, earning Three Rivers League Player of the Year and first-team all-state honors as a senior.